GOD'S HAND OF PROTECTION
By Synthia Esther
Suffering for the cause of Christ Jesus, our Lord, is not uncommon in the life of a Christian. When we endure for the greater good of God's Kingdom, we are protected by His mighty hand of providence. As the first church effort grew, the Roman Empire began to persecute Christians. Peter reminded followers that God always remained in control no matter the circumstance, situation, or trial (1 Peter 4).
An excellent example of God's providence can be read in the calamity account of the flood that occurred during Noah's time. When unrelenting rain came, the flood waters rose just as God had warned, while the ark and those within were held safe in accordance with His ordained plan (Genesis 7). The ark was designed by God, and built in faith by Noah. Day after day, Noah worked on the ark commissioned by God, while preaching repentance to lost souls before the destruction came. The people refused to listen to Noah's warnings and proclamations, and so perished in the flood. Only Noah's family and the animals aboard the ark, remained safe, secure, and protected by God. Indeed, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and so will we when we follow the Lord's will and not our own.
Be sober, vigilant, always knowing, that we have an adversary, the devil, who roars about like a lion, seeking those he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). Always remember, trials and tribulations that may come our way are not strange (1 Peter 4:12). Our Holy Father allows suffering for a reason, and season, which we may not comprehend, nor understand. During such times, our reaction is one of rejoice, when we come to realize we are partakers of Christ's sufferings (1 Peter 4:13). He suffered the Cross of Calvary, providing all humanity with an eternal hope of glory.
Life may be difficult, but we in Christ know, He is always faithful, just, and good. Our protection is weighed upon the vision of God's everlasting favor. Which is the blessing of salvation, our share in eternal life with Him (John 3:16-17). Christians have the hope of heaven, God's protection for ever more. Peter wrote of such assurance, even while knowing death was near. Shortly, he said, I must put off this my tabernacle (physical body), even as the Lord Jesus Christ had (2 Peter 1:14).
God is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). As we heed God's word of instruction, the Holy Bible, we grow in faith to trust Him more, fully knowing His hand of protection is ever near. We serve a living Savior! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow, fully knowing we will live forever too!
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